Buying your own appliances is the hot new thing for renters?
March 2, 2009 10:00 PM Subscribe
As a tenant, how feasible is buying your own major appliances for a place you're renting?
posted by ignignokt to home & garden (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been hunting for apartments in Boston, and when I ask whether or not a building has a washer and dryer, I sometimes get the answer, "No, but it does have a hookup for a washer and dryer so you can get your own." They say the same thing about dishwashers sometimes.
This isn't a response I've heard from property managers in Chicago.
So, I guess some tenants actually do this? The thing is, washers and dryers appear to cost at least $300 a piece, then on top of that, there's delivery and installation. And when your lease is up, are you really going to deinstall it and take it with you?
What am I missing? Please shed some light on this mystery. I'll probably ask the next property manager I talk to about it, but they also tell me things like "oil heating than gas heating is better because it's much cleaner burning" so I figure it's good to hear it from people with a less vested interest.